Technology Transfer for Small Hydro

by Marino Estrada, Escuela Colombiana de Ingenieria, Bogota, Colombia,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '91: A New View of Hydro Resources


The wide range of different definitions of what constitutes a small hydroelectric power plants is discussed and the conclusion is drawn that this definition should be based more on the complexity of the scheme than on its size, and also on the number and specialization of the personnel required to design the scheme successfully. The concepts of technology and technology transfer are then defined and discussed and the advantages of standardization of equipment for small hydroelectric power plants in less developed countries are pointed out. A number of institutions that have direct experience in the technology transfer to the less developed countries in this field are mentioned. The need for a wider dissemination of the information and experience in possession of some Governmental Aid Agencies is emphasized.

Subject Headings: Power plants | Terminology and definition | Hydro power | Equipment and machinery | Government | Education | Information Technology (IT) | Terminal facilities

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